From festival promoters to guitar techs, those working in the music community have felt a major impact from the coronavirus – which has forced hundreds, if not thousands, of cancellations, closures and even layoffs. To help minimise the burden that many industry personnel are facing, The Recording Academy and its affiliated charitable foundation, MusiCares, have established the COVID-19 Relief Fund.
The Recording Academy represents the voices of all music professionals and celebrates artistic excellence through the Grammy Awards. MusiCares, meanwhile, seeks to safeguard the health and well-being of the music community, while also recognising artists and industry professionals who have dedicated themselves to philanthropic work. Both entities have donated an initial contribution of $1 million each to establish the fund, while local Recording Academy Chapters will raise money within their communities. Funds, which will be administered through MusiCares, will be used to directly support those in the music community with the greatest need.
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In a statement issued today, Chair and Interim CEO of the Recording Academy, Harvey Mason Jr said, “Event cancellations are at unprecedented levels and the situation therefore requires an unprecedented response. Many people in the industry are now in crisis, not knowing what the future holds or having to deal with dire commercial realities. We are asking the entire industry to stand with us to support the musicians, artists and professionals who are the bedrock and the future of our music community.”
Mason added that, “It’s in times like these that many of us turn to music. Music can help us cope, and has the power to bring us together during a time when many of us might feel isolated. We encourage people everywhere to embrace the music industry which needs our help in these uncertain times.”
MusiCares Chair Steve Boom also urged that, “The music industry is built on the work of musicians, artists, and music professionals. It is in times like these, that the industry needs to come together to support those who are struggling, particularly those who rely on touring incomes to survive. We know this fund will need to be significant. We will not be able to do it alone, and that’s why we are asking the entire music community including labels, streaming services, and anyone who is able to join us in this important effort. We’re all in when the good times roll, and it’s important that we’re all in when times are tough, too.”
To support the efforts of The Recording Academy and MusiCares, visit the Covid-19 Relief Fund website.